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2020年 07月 11日

5. Shijo Kingo Appears

           Japanese edition

Dead leaves fell into the road, there was the autumn sign.Nichiren preached the Lotus Sutra's faiths and the errors of other denominations patiently to people visiting the thatched hut of the Matsuba Valley. There was not the street preach of Nichiren handed down as far as we read his writings in fact. He performed basics of the propagation in the environment that could be told calmly in the thatched hut even if his talk by chance at the roadside, and there was sometimes a question of doctrine from the audience, he praised the willingness of the questioner and preached while discussing it.

The first letter which Nichiren sent to Toki Jonin of the believer of the same country on December 9 of the end of 1253 years that he declared the establishment of religion is still left.

“I am pleased you sent a person to pick me up. Because it is conspicuous in the daytime I would like to meet you at night. I hope that you pick me up at the time of Bird (about 18:00) in the evening. Or it is good, even if you come here and talk about the doctrine.

December 9              Nichiren

Dear Lord Toki”   The Reply to Lord Toki’

The preaching on the street is showy visually, but there are few effects. A politician grasps a microphone in a street, but the audience watches only the style and the face of their favorite politician and is not almost hearing the speech.
Shakyamuni Buddha is also preaching it basically in the temple (e.g., Venubana Monastery [note] in Magadha) given by the King and the powerful family.

It snows in the Kamakura Hachiman shrine. Samurais and people of the town, walking this front, put hands together towards the Shrine.

The Kamakura Hachiman Shrine is also called Hachimangu Shrine. This is what Minamoto-no Yoriyoshi of the Kawachi Genji second generation prays for an advent of God and invited from the Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine of Gokokuji Temple of Kyoto in 1063 and built. Since then it was worshiped as a guardian deity of samurai Genji. For this reason, anyone passing in front of Hachimangu Shrine was sure to join hands with the shrine.

Powdery snow came fluttering into the thatched hut of the Matsuba Valley of Nichiren.

Nichiren continued the sermon of the Lotus Sutra to the audience patiently without changing in a thatched hut while feeling the passage of time in the change of the season.

Time passed, and the third spring came from the five years of the Kencho era (1253) when he declared establishing the denomination. As for the name of an era, it had been changed to an era with the Kogen era on October 5 of Kencho era.

Cherry blossoms blossomed on both sides of the Dankazura (note) of the Wakamiya thoroughfare, and the people of Kamakura were rife in joy of the spring.

A butterfly flies from a flower to a flower elegantly outside the thatched hut.

The name of Nichiren gradually spread in Kamakura.

The follower who believes Nichiren and chants Nam-myoho-renge -kyo appeared one after another individually.

The samurai, either, were in the audience gathering in a thatched hut.

It is prosperous.

Nichiren took the scroll of the Lotus Sutra as always and began to talk.

"The Fugen sutra says, ‘the large number of people's sin seems like a frost or a dew. The sun of the wisdom deletes these positively and removes it'. In other words, the sins of the past world are meant to disappear if we believe the Law of Buddha.”

"Please wait."

A young samurai abruptly interrupted Nichiren. The young samurai might be still in his twenties. The young man furrowed his brow.

“Now, I cannot agree. A human being is a person living in sinful daily life. Besides, we samurai are people who do not mind the killing either. Why may Buddha save us who are sinful?”

It was a sudden question.

Nichiren has a smile, and answers.

"It is a really good question. First, before solving this question, we must think about why we were born in this world. All mankind on the Latter-Day of the Law walk around the six paths of hell, hungry spirit, animals, Asura, a human, a heaven. If a wish comes true, he will be filled with rapture, and he will fall into hell if he was blamed by a lord and incurred an anger. Sometimes a person is angry and sometimes grieves and sometimes flatters like a beast to a noble person and looks down upon a lower person. If a person repeats this, he cannot spend the present in peace, and the posterity would not be born in a good place. To that end, you must enter into the road of Buddha”.

“Hum, then what does the person who does not believe Buddha stake his life on?”

Nichiren spoke to the warrior as if to admonish him.

"A man abandons a life for shame, a woman abandons life for a man. In addition, because the fish wants to hold life dear, it lives in the pond, grieved to the pond being shallow, digs the hole and lives in the bottom of the pond. However, it is cheated to bait and is caught in a fishhook. A bird lives up the tree. It dislikes a low tree and lives on high twigs for fear of what is aimed at by an enemy. However, it is cheated to bait and is caught in a net. Human beings are the same, too. It is difficult to be born as a person, and to throw away life on the road of the most important Buddha even if one loses the body and life for a slight and worthless purpose in this world. That is why there is not a person becoming Buddha."

A young samurai gets angry at Nichiren and argues.

“This is ridiculous. It is the duty of the samurai to keep his land strictly until he dies, to protect the whole family and a subordinate. That's the samurai. It is an awful insult that you say 'caught in the bait'. Please withdraw your speech!”.

A samurai who was watching these exchanges talked to the young samurai. He is somewhat elegant and has a calm tone.

“Excuse me, this is the precious place asking about the sermon. Good medicine tastes bitter, good advice is seldom welcome. Is it not the samurai to hear in a calm mind, even if it is different from your thought?”

The young samurai was more excited.

“What are you saying? You are an outstanding simpleton to make admonition to me. I am very Yorimoto of Nakatsukasa Saemon-no-jo, third-ranked officer of the Left Division of Outer Palace Guards, of Mitsutoki Hojo's vassal and the people call me Shijo Kingo (note). As for the person who does not know me, nobody is in this Kamakura. Say your name.”

“I am Toki Jonin, I am the vassal of lord Chiba in Shimousa Province. I became a believer of the priest Nichiren four years ago in the relationship of the same province. There was business in Kamakura today, and fortunately I was able to come to the place of the priest. Mr. Shijo Kingo. Here is the place without the difference between a samurai and a farmer. The social position may not matter to ask the Law of Buddha. What do you think?”

A good argument.

Kingo Shijo was at a loss for a response, though he raised his voice with vigor. He stood up, his face bright red.

"I have business. Please pardon my rudeness!”

Shijo Kingo has gone.

Nichiren did not stop Kingo forcibly.

"He will surely come to this thatched hut soon," he told the disciples.

Then Nichiren noticed that the farmer who was dressed for the trip style at the exit that Shijo Kingo left. He looks exhausted from the journey. He is a familiar face.

“Oh, you are.”

The farmer was the person of the Seichoji temple of Awa. He found Nichiren and he was relieved and sat down on a dirt floor.

"Priest, please help Seicho-ji Temple …".


Venubana Monastery

Venubana means a bamboo forest. The first temple which existed in the Palace Castle in Mgadha nation (current Rajagrha in Bihar State) in middle India. Originally this was the garden of the bamboo, which Rich Karandha owned, but was offered as the garden of the Buddhist priest because Karandha had converted his faith to the Buddha.

"The pond of Karandha” is there. It is written, "Buddha often preached the Law near that pond" in "The Great Tang Dynasty Records of the Western Regions." It was found by the investigation of the India Government Archaeology Bureau and excavated, and it was confirmed that there was a Venubana monastery in this place.



The road that is in Hachimangu Shrine and Wakamiya thoroughfares of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture. The sidewalk is one step higher than roads from the second gate to Hachimangu Shrine. The third gate is at the last arrival point and leads to the precincts of Hachimangu Shrine.


Shijo Kingo

He was born in 1230. Nichigan-nyo of his wife is recognized to have been born in 1243 from the description of the "Reply to the Wife of Shijo Kingo (the Misfortune Omen in 33 Years Old." In addition, the mother of Shijo Kingo is said to be the daughter of the Ikegami family.

Continued to 'Feud with Kagenobu Tojō'

Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents

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